An Australian billionaire has unveiled plans to build a ship in the image of the famed Titanic, and although it won't be sailing for another four years lots of would-be voyagers say they wouldn't hesitant to jump aboard a new version of a cruise liner that now sits at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Clive Palmer, who made his fortune in the mining industry, said building a replica of the Titanic and sailing it across the Atlantic would be a tribute to those who worked on the original.
“We will complete the journey. We will sail into New York on the ship they designed,” Palmer said Tuesday at a press event held inside the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier, now a museum in Manhattan. He hopes to be able to do it before the end of 2016.
Designs for the new ship almost perfectly match the first iteration, which sank after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York in 1912.
Although many across the Internet have made ominous predictions about the fate of the cruise liner, a poll by British newspaper Guardian
found that 52 percent of responders would gladly board the ship.
Markku Kanerva, the designer of the new ship, told reporters the new version of the ship wouldn't sink — and if it did, there would be enough life boats for everyone.
“I can assure you, from the safety point of view, it will be absolutely the most safe cruise ship in the world when it is launched,” Kanerva said.
Kanerva did not go into specifics about safety features of the new ship.
Palmer said that more than 40,000 people have already registered as hopefuls for tickets on Titanic II. He also said that at least 16 people have offered to pay between $750,000 and $1 million for a cabin.
So far, the only plans for the ship are to recreate the maiden voyage of the Titanic, from Southampton in England to New York City. The new boat will have a crew of 900 and will carry about 2,435 passengers.
Titanic II will mimic the look and feel of the original ship and carry 1920s-inspired costumes that passengers can wear. There will even be class divisions, just like on the original ship, including a third class, where Palmer says he will stay, because "that's where all the fun passengers are."
While the ship is a close imitation of the original, it will have some modern features, like a fully-equipped hospital and access to high-speed Internet.
"One of the benefits of global warming is that there are much fewer icebergs in the North Atlantic," Palmer said at the press conference.
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